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Friday, November 30, 2012    
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It's the end of November already?! Well, let's end the month the same way it started: with Random Pluckings from My Bookmarks! First up is this spinning top ring, made of laminated popsicle sticks, by Mirveta Redzic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.


"Lucite Rock" from New York's Jules Reid.


"Cloud" and "Mountain" rings by the UK's Jenny Sweetnam.


Silhouettes in resin by UK jeweller Amy McColl.


Finally, Montana's April Marie Hale prepares us for winter with fur rings from her "Roadkill" collection.


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This "tickle" ring is another fur piece, made of springbok hair, from Della Lana. The Dutch artist also has porcelain rings and textile works.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012    
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While some people like to flaunt their valuables, London's Emefa Cole prefers to keep her treasures safely hidden in crevasses that invite spelunking.


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For a similar piece — a smooth exterior surrounding a rugged excavation — check out the "Evolution" ring by French jeweller Sibylle Flouret.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012    
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These may be my favourite animal rings in recent memory. And that's saying something, because there is no shortage of animal rings to be memoried. Brass rings by Spain's Mödernaked.


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ok, so maybe you're not a cat person. But you can't sit there and tell me you're not a saber toothed cat person! (I mean the cat has saber teeth, not you.) Ring by New York's Natalie Frigo.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012    
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Ooh, yes.

How can something so icy be so hot? I'm loving these resin rings by Kansas City designer Deanna Burasco.


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here's some more dark vs light but with a completely different take on resin. Leaf ring by North Carolina's Matthew Smith, whose cool, graphic jewellery has a retro/mod feel.

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Monday, November 26, 2012    
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Engraved barnacles! Whenever I say "barnacle," I feel like I'm saying "bare knuckle" with some indeterminate accent. And it's weird because barnacles sorta kinda look like knucklebones. But knucklebones aren't even from knuckles, they're from ankles, and sheep ankles, at that. They're what people used to use to play jacks. Anyway, as I was saying: engraved barnacles! See UK jeweller Jane Layton for more.


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The cast silver "Black Diamond Barnacle Ring" by Los Angeles jeweller Kristen Dorsey is set with black or champagne diamonds.

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Friday, November 23, 2012    
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My American readers have it so good when it comes to online shopping! For the rest of us, I've put together a little guide of shops that ship to Canada and internationally, including who ships for free and some other bits of info. Maybe my International Shipping Guide can help with your holiday shopping! (Note: none of the links are paid or affiliate links, so I don't gain anything. I just wanted to share my research!)

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While we're all aware of the destructive power of water, UK-based Taiwanese jeweller Eunice Kuo tries to arouse childhood memories of playing happily in the rain. Her silicone rings and hand-pieces are designed to squirt water, surprising the viewer.

More playfulness above: rings from her "Obscura" series, inspired by theme parks.


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For more waterdrops and theme parks, check out Australia's Kate Walls (pictured is the wheel ring from her "carnival" series). She also has a ring designed for blowing bubbles!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012    
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Consider this your jewellery Rorschach test: what do you see?

If you're Australia's Noha Khalaf, it's the observation deck of Seattle's Space Needle — just combine it with the tower brooch!

I love these minimalist takes on famous landmarks; above is her Eiffel Tower ring and pendant. She also has more intricate puzzle pieces in her gallery — check them all out!


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This ring by Italy's KD2024 was inspired by the great Cambodian landmark, Angkor Wat, the world's largest Hindu temple.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012    
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I used to love Jello when I was a kid. Sometimes I'd make it with fruit bits suspended inside. I'm not sure why I brought that up; I really should be talking about Slovakia's Barbora Dzuráková and her gallery of slightly offbeat art jewellery.


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This Jello mold ring in copper and silver is by Maine's Barbarian Enterprises (Cat Bates), whose metalwork is infused with a rustic, natural feel.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012    
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Something tells me Yoko Takirai would be great at Scrabble. The Japanese jeweller (now based in Italy) takes basic building blocks — squares, circles, U-shapes — and combines them in a seemingly endless number of ways, each one a winner.


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for more geometric shapes in silver, check out Romania's Angela Ciobanu (her site isn't 100% ready but there's a PDF to view).

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Monday, November 19, 2012    
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This is how life is meant to be! Handfuls of rings for everybody!

I covet these bone china rings by UK product designer Moko Sellars.


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Do you not like facets? Do you prefer your rings smooth... as a baby's face? Then Alex Garnett, also a UK product designer, has the bone china ring for you.

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Friday, November 16, 2012    
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Proving that hairy fingers can be attractive.

From silver tubes to rough opals to brass hexagons, Germany's Ele Miško puts her own distinctive stamp on familiar shapes and stones.


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More hexagons (or honeycombs) from Japan's Mamiko Sakamoto, aka Co.QueLe — that's Cute + uniQue + cooL, in case you were wondering.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012    
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With names like "Resprout," "Growth" and "Evolver," these rings are truly about the organic, the biological. Ceramic pieces by England's Gabriela Wysocka.


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for more organic pods and sprouts, this time in metal and enamel, check out Turkey's Yuka by Güliz (Güliz Kaymaksüt, who has sleek geometric pieces, as well).

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012    
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What ho! I say, old bean, these hats are absolutely ripping!

3D-printed or handmade in silver, it's all playful in the portfolio of Dutch designer Decuv (Els Cuvelier).


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Here's a top hat Gob Bluth could use during one of his tricks illusions. Magician's hat ring from JuDeLovesYou, webshop for a store and art gallery in Antwerp.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012    
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Sugar and spice and everything nice? These days, little girls may be more likely to be made of lecithin and guar gum — in which case, these rings are just the thing. While we've previously seen recycled tin jewellery take advantage of the colourful packaging, Greek jeweller Eleni Ioannidi goes for the ingredients list instead!


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Here's some more recycled tin, this time adorned with decoupage, from Chicago's Fanciful Devices. Her handmade jewellery is an eclectic mix of materials.

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Monday, November 12, 2012    
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This designer...

...is a man...

...of many faces, all of them super cool. Check out the varied work of Russia's Yury Bylkov (see more on his blog and photostream).


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Halifax jeweller Angela Grace is a woman of many faces, herself. Many foxy faces, that is, in various metals (also available as earrings).

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Friday, November 9, 2012    
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When they're worn like this, I call them spacer rings, but maybe this one should be the outerspacer ring. "Parallel Universes" in silver and garnet by UK designer Alexandra Tosto.


"Labyrinthe" spacer ring from French jeweller Mailys Bages.


And the "Duo" ring makes three! Ring by the UK's Agata Kosel.


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Here's a fourth spacer ring, in sterling and amethyst, from UK silversmith Shaun Grace. Be sure to also see his sleek vessels.

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Thursday, November 8, 2012    
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Let's take another foray into the (eroded) urban jungle today with these rings in metal, paint and putty from UK-based Paolo Scura.


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More eroded urbanism from England's Helen Sutherland. This "corrugation" ring from her "Thinking Along Industrial Lines" series features patinated silver and rusted steel.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012    
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Is it graffiti if you wear it willingly? In her "Urban Remnants" collection, UK jeweller Clara Jackson enjoys "contrasting remnants of derelict free forming fabric elements to the clean angular wire formations," using ripped and faded images of graffiti on "skeletal" structures.


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Looking for a twist on the traditional monogram ring? Tag yourself with your own personalized graffiti ring from Michigan's Tag Urslf.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012    
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In "City Geometric," Hong Kong's Fiona Hau encourages you to view things from new angles to gain new perspectives. Her pieces are designed to cast shadows resembling contemporary architecture. Check out her other collections, as well!


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For more entangled metal lines, check out the work of Lebanese-born, UK-based Ralph Masri, who was inspired by lace. This rhodium ring is also available in other finishes.

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Monday, November 5, 2012    
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You won't find any butter in this Cuisine Française.


Ok, maybe a pastry or two.


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I can't decide if this ring reminds of Vienetta ice cream or that familiar sight in any cuisine collégiale, ramen noodles. Ring by Germany's Caroline Krose.

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Friday, November 2, 2012    
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What lurks beneath the surface of Lake Vostok? Belgian artist Lien Hereijgers imagines the goings-on in the sub-glacial Antarctic lake, which lies approximately 4,000 metres below a sheet of ice. And I thought my room was cold.


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Let's bring things back up to the surface, where there's nice things like oxygen. This "iceberg" ring is one of several icy pieces by Sicilian-born, Ibiza-based Sara Divita.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012    
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Random Pluckings! Shall we? Let's shall!

First up: "With This Ring.." by London jeweller and academic Charlotte Gorse.


Acrylic rods from UK jeweller Hannah Bates.


"Drum" ring with red cord by England's Janet Hinchliffe McCutcheon.


Ring from the "Intervention" series by Estonia's Darja Nikitina.


"Grecian" rings by New York's Anuja Tolia.


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for ultra minimal (is that an oxymoron?) jewellery, check out the UK's Gemma Holt, who made this double infinity (is that a paradox?) ring.

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